Television question (creating a letterbox display)

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Dimwhit, Jan 13, 2008.

  1. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

    Dimwhit

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    Off the wall question, but I thought I'd ask (not even sure if this is the right forum).

    So I have a regular television, 4:3 aspect ratio. I'm getting annoyed that shows are being broadcast in widescreen and my TV, since it isn't a widescreen, cuts of the picture.

    Is there a way I can force it to display letterbox? So I get the full picture, along with the lovely black bars on the top or bottom? I can't find a setting on the TV. Is there some cheap equipment I can buy to do it?

    Probably a shot in the dark. But I'd hate to scrap a nice TV that's not very old.
     
  2. sycho macrumors 6502a

    sycho

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    You are pretty much SOL, since the broadcasters are the ones that crop the shows for the SD channels, not the TV.

    The only thing you can do it get a HD tuner and tell it you have a 4:3 TV and to letterbox HD programs.
     
  3. Dimwhit thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dimwhit

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    If an HD tuner will do that, I'd be happy. That's pretty much what I'm looking to do anyway. Thanks!
     
  4. Alican macrumors regular

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    What country are you in and how do you receive your TV broadcasts (digital satellite? Digital terrestrial?)
     
  5. Dimwhit thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dimwhit

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    US. Dish Network (so I guess digital satellite).
     

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